ERIC Number: ED120433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Education and Occupational Stress Among Protestant Clergy.
Mills, Edgar W.; Hesser, Garry W.
A national study of 4,984 clergymen in 21 predominantly white Protestant denominations concerning occupational stress and continuing education involvement was conducted by the Ministry Studies Board of the National Council of Churches. The questionnaire, which was mailed to 7,990 clergymen and returned by 62%, consisted of seven sections: professional background and experience, employment information, family situation, financial information, clergymen's preferences and opinions, continuing education, and career stress points. Continuing professional education questions were related to current and recent participation, felt needs, resources available, and obstacles. The study indicated that seminars dealing with theological, Biblical, and ethical material (25%) or professional skill development (27%) were the most frequent form of continuing education. Approximately one-third of the clergymen recorded no organized continuing education activity. More than half (52%) indicated a high need for "study to relate the Christian faith to our rapidly changing society." Time pressure (68%) and inadequate financial support (47%) were reported as the chief obstacles. Status inconsistency, relative deprivation, and career stress appeared to influence ministers toward greater continuing education need, with high stress being the most powerful influence. The authors have recommended further research to determine the linkage between felt need and actual participation. (EA)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Background, Clergy, Educational Needs, National Surveys, Participant Characteristics, Professional Continuing Education, Protestants, Questionnaires, Stress Variables, Tables (Data), Vocational Adjustment, Whites
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, NY. Dept. of Ministry.; Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry, Richmond, VA.